Southwest

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CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Last Updated: 8/26/2016

Waterfowl numbers We estimate 5,000 to 10,000 ducks on the Area.   Mostly blue winged teal, mallard and shoveler.   We are starting to see more teal arrive daily.
Water level Pools 1A is near 54", 1B and 1C are around 45".  Pool 2 is near 15 inches, Pools 3A is about 1 inch, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 10 or 11 inches; 4B is around 18 inches, and Pool 5 has about 9". 
Hunting conditions Cattail have expanded in area.  A windy early spring prevented burning of mowed cattail and as the season progressed we entered into a very wet period.  This provided us supplemental water for the storage pool (Pool 1).  We plan on keeping Pool 3B dry this fall in an effort to deal with the mowed cattail from last winter and to try and control the cattail expansion.  We have been successful in keeping Pools 3A and 4 relatively dry and as a result we have at least do some Phragmites spraying and mowing of hunting holes in the perimeter and shallow water areas of those pools.  
Expected hunting success  Because of the wet spring, natural food production in the marsh was limited this year.  The wet summer has also prevented us from planting much millet in the pools. The openings and trails we mowed have greatly improved the marsh for hunting opportunity.  We also cleaned out the boating channels leading from Deadman East and White Rock Parking Lots We will continue placing water into Pools 2, 4A and 4B till they reach the 15 to 18 inch range.  Pool 3A, the primitive pool, will be a bit less.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

 KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSEIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.



ISABEL - Last Updated: 2/5/2016

Waterfowl numbers No geese observed 2/4.  50% ice covered.
Water level The pool along Hwy. 42 is approximately 50% full.  The main lake is full and consists of open water (approx. 4-5 feet deep) with vegetation along the edges. The pool south of the main lake has some water, and the pool to the east of that is nearly full. 
Hunting conditions Regular duck season (Low Plains Late Zone) is Oct. 31, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 and Jan. 23-31, 2016.
Expected hunting success 50% ice covered.
Comments

Hunters are encouraged to use the electronic Daily Hunt Permit system being introduced this year.  This will eventually replace the paper permits.

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2015-2016 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT ISABEL WETLANDS. iSportsman WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY ON THIS AREA IN 2015-2016.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed on Isabel Wetland Wildlife Area for all species.



TEXAS LAKE - Last Updated: 8/22/2016

Waterfowl numbers No waterfowl observed yet.
Water level Pumping has started to Pools 1, 6, and 7.
Hunting conditions A majority of pool 1 was mowed and/or disked prior to pumping.  Pools 6 and 7 were mowed.
Expected hunting success  
Comments

KDWPT IS CONTINUING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2016-2017 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1.  Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2.  Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER.

PAPER PERMITS MAY STILL BE AVAILABLE AT SOME OF THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE USED EXCLUSIVELY IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Only non-toxic shot is allowed for all shotgun hunting at Texas Lake Wildlife Area.